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Dozens rescued from rough surf off Florida beaches

Posted: 9:46 AM, Sep 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-24 13:48:24Z

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say more than 70 people needed rescue from rough surf along Florida's Atlantic Coast.

Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Mike Berard says a high risk of rip currents is expected to continue this week.

Berard told the  Orlando Sentinel  that 72 people were rescued from the waters off Volusia County on Sunday.

Among the rescues was a 43-year-old Orlando man who became submerged in the water and lost consciousness while surfing off New Smyrna Beach. Berard says an off-duty lifeguard who also was surfing pulled the man to shore and attempted to resuscitate him.

Berard says the man was hospitalized in critical condition.